Barbara Bush’s Embellished Ballet Slippers

When Mrs. Bush chose the “Nutcracker” theme, she sent artists ballet pointe shoes and asked them to embellish them. I’ve suggested some decorations for the shoes, but this craft is wide open, so use your imagination. To complete the theme. consider using tulle as your garland. Your tree will have a magical Nutcracker effect, particularly if you are bold enough to use a white artificial tree!

Ballet pointe shoes, preferably pale pink or cream colored
Embellishing glue for fabric (clearly labeled at craft stores)
Decoration for the shoes, such as gemstones, sequins, beads, buttons, glass and tiles
Artificial flowers, tulle, small dolls, stuffed animals, or whatever you like to fill the shoe.

Ballet pointe shoes, which can be purchased either new at dance schools or used online, have a silk ribbon that can create a beautiful cascading effect when hung on a Christmas tree.